Gemma Blackledge

Economic impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural households in sub-Saharan Africa

My first paper looked at the impact of serious illness (morbidity and mortality via disabled days) on households in Malawi using a national household survey supplied by the World Bank. My second paper is examining the economic impact of working age mortality on outcomes such as area of land under cultivation, asset and holdings and food consumption using a household panel data set for the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. My research is motivated by the high incidence of serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and the impact that morbidity and mortality have on economic outcomes for rural African households both now and in the future.